I went for an interview yesterday for my dream NICU job at my dream hospital. I had been prepping for the interview for an entire week for possible questions. I prepared my answers for these potential questions and practiced them out loud and with my boyfriend. I had probably a list of 30 questions and I had 5 different patient scenarios ready for patient scenario type questions. I also studied the common conditions you would face in the NICU, signs and symptoms, how its diagnosed, interventions, and what I should expect the provider to order just incase they asked me about any of that. I had a safety patient scenario, a conflict with a patient scenario, a collaborative patient scenario, an ICU patient scenario, and a medically challenging patient. I walked into the interview feeling confident.
I had my interview with the unit manager and 4 shift managers. Well the very 1st question was "Tell me about a time you had a crucial patient and tell me how you used critical thinking to care for this patient? What actions did you take? What was the result and what would you have done differently?" And I was like a deer in headlights. I was able to stumble my way through it. And then I was asked 4 more questions similar to the one above where each questions was like an onslaught of 5 questions. I could not come up with something for 2 out of the 5 scenarios and the other 3 were not adequate answers. I felt stupid. After the 5th question like this, they asked if I had any questions. I said "That's it?" and they were like yeah we only ask 5 patient scenarios for our interview. I felt destroyed, I felt there was no way I could possibly redeem myself.
I said I know this probably wasn't the best interview, but I want to tell you about me and why I want to work here. And I said something to the effect I'm compassionate, ambitious, and I possess leadership skills. I was in the student nurses association at my school and was the communications manager. I volunteered here in the ED, and I've done a year of my clinical here. And I've met so many amazing nurses here that I aspire to be like. And I was about to cry so I stopped and said I'm sorry I'm not good at interviews. And the unit manager was said "That was very heartfelt, and I'm not expecting you to be great at interviews, if you were a nurse for 25 years I would expect you to be great at interviews." And he went on a bit talking more about interviews. I then asked about the orientation process and they spent about 10 minutes explaining the process which made me feel like maybe I do still have a shot or they wouldn't be wasting their time on me.
I came with 5 full portfolios for each interviewer, I have BLS, ACLS, PALS, S.T.A.B.L.E, NRP, and Intro to fetal heart monitoring and 5 letters of reference from previous instructors all of whom work at that hospital. I have experience as a home care aide, I did two clinical rotations in that NICU, I included evidence of my professional memberships (AWHONN and NANN), and not to mention my cover letter rocked.
Well anyways at the end of the interview, he said I want you to know your still in the running and he gave me his business card and I'm really hoping I'm not holding on to this thread of hope for nothing and he just did that because he felt bad for me. They were all really nice. I drove home ugly crying and no one believed me when I told them it was bad because I was actually making the story sound slightly better out of embarrassment. I am so sorry this is so long, but getting it out is making me feel a lot better.
They told me they would be making their decision this Friday.